Kelso Cratsley, PhD

Former Visiting Researcher, Bioethics

Kelso Cratsley, PhD, was a Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. He is also a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy & Religion at American University. He has previously taught at George Washington University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Concordia University in Montreal, and recently held a visiting appointment at the University of California San Diego. His research centers on issues in bioethics, philosophy of psychology and psychiatry, and global health policy. He has published a number of articles and chapters on related topics. Recent publications include ‘The Ethics of Coercion and Other Forms of Influence’ in The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry (2019) and ‘Global Mental Health and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’ in Families, Systems & Health (2018). He has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and has worked as a clinician and consultant for a number of agencies and organizations internationally, including the UK National Health Service and the US Agency for International Development. He received his graduate training at King’s College London and Columbia University. Dr. Cratsley’s project is an edited volume, entitled Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Co-edited with Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts Boston), it is part of Elsevier Press’ series, Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics, overseen by series editor Judy Illes (University of British Columbia). The collection includes contributions from leading researchers in bioethics, public health ethics, and global mental health, including Brandon Kohrt (George Washington University), Ilina Singh (University of Oxford), and Angus Dawson (University of Sydney). Chapters cover a wide range of ethical issues that arise from new preventive initiatives in the field of mental health. The edited volume is scheduled for publication in late 2019. Kelso left the KIE on May 10, 2019.